It's a Herculean effort to see everything at CES. It's an equal opportunity to pick a favorite thing among the fantastic (and not so fantastic) things on the floor, but here are our personal favorites from CES 2019.
I sat down with each of our editors and writers at CES and after our days in press briefings, meetings, and walking the infinite-feeling convention , Below, paired with who we are and what we do, you'll find what we loved.
Jason Fitzpatrick, Review Geek Editor: Double
You're not really experiencing CES unless you're running into everyone and their brother (and their sister and cousins too), soothe you, help you sleep. When I saw the double folks at the booth at their booth about how do I do it? I just stuck out my wrist to try it out because of it 'm an easy going sort of guy that's willing to try something new and not.
Georgina, who so appeared to be the easygoing sort, strapped the double on the inside of my wrist while explaining the entire concept: the tiny weighted motor inside flutters like a heartbeat with a familiar lub-dub rhythm. You can tune and customize the double via a companion mobile app and it just happened to do the double I tried what about as finely tuned to my heartbeat at that moment as you could ask for. The effect was incredible.
When I come to try it out I have a "maybe my wife will like this" take it, but within a few moments. Prior to putting it on I felt like it probably did not have much effect and now I'm planning on ordering one-I did not want to give the demo model back. Of all the devices I came across in this category, the double had the most immediate and impressive effect.
The Double is available now for $ 219, directly from the company.
Chris Hoffman, Features Editor: Luka, Picture Book Reading Robot
Luka is a little owl. Literally, it reads the book-you place a picture book in front of Luka and it reads the title. You start reading the words on the open pages. Turn to any page in the book and Luka immediately recognizes the page you're on and starts reading it. You do not have to buy books for this book. Kids can read picture books on their own with a little owl robot, even when you're busy.
The tech behind this is surprisingly clever. Ling Technology Inc, the company behind Luka, scans at least 60,000 books are already in their database. When you open a page in a picture book, Luka sees the page with his camera, quickly recognizes the page, and starts reading the words. That makes it fast and ensures it's accurate as the device does not have the text on the fly with local hardware.
Luka comes with a built-in speaker and battery. It even responds to various actions-you can pat the owl robot's head and rub it for a cute reaction. Parents can even tell, "You can have the cute owl robot say" or "Brushing your teeth is important!" It's adorable.
This smart bellow is released last year in China, and now the company is working on a US launch later in 2019. Expect it to cost around $ 99, but multiple models will be available at multiple price points.
Cam Summerson, News Editor: Cemtrex Smartdesk
I've seen a lot of cool products at CES, but on reflection, I keep coming back to one or two standout products. Of the two, I think the SmartDesk by Cemtrex may be my favorite because it offers an insane combination of cool features and integration at an impressive price point. (For those curious, my other favorite is probably the HP Omen X Emperium 65 BFGD.) So good.)
The SmartDesk is a built-in computer with all the hardware you need to plug in and use. It has an integrated keyboard and touchpad, as well as three 24-inch 1080p touch screen monitors. There are currently two configurations available: one has 16GB of RAM, a GTX1050 graphics card, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD; the other has 32GB of RAM, a GTX1060, and 2TB HDD in place of the 1TB found in the base model. Both feature 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor.
But that's just the nuts and bolts of the SmartDesk. It also has a built-in wireless charger on the right side of the desk, and a mind-blowing gesture control panel that lets you control the PC without touching it. Cemtrex builds a custom software layer that runs Windows to track user movements, which lets you use simple hand gestures for things like zooming, scrolling, and even taking screenshots. It's the closest thing to minority report-level stuff that I've ever seen in a consumer product.
There's also a small camera between the left and the center monitors at the desk and functions as a no-foot document scanner. All you have to do is open the software and drop a document on the left side of the desk. It's a great example of really cool but still incredible, practical tech.
Of course, there's always a burning question with this level of technology and integration: what happens if something breaks? Fortunately, the SmartDesk's integrated PC is completely user-accessible and upgradeable, so at least it's that. Otherwise, both models offer a one-year warranty on parts and six months on labor.
The base model starts at $ 4,499, while the upgraded model wants to set you back $ 5,299. To learn more about how this desk really is, check out the Cemtrex site.
Craig Lloyd, Smarthome Writer: Ring Door View Cam
Renters have always struggled to find out what they are doing in their apartments without the landlord freaking out the ring Door View Cam is a neat alternative to the company's traditional video doorbells.
It's pretty much a digital peephole; installing it just takes the existing peephole and screwing on the door View Cam in its place-no permanent modifications. Better yet, while you have a look through the door, two-way talk, and runs on battery.
The coolest feature, though, is knock detection. You can still use the Door View as a doorbell and connect it to a Ring Chime inside, but if someone knocks instead, the Door View can detect and send you a notification. This is a feature that you will not find on any other video doorbell.
The Door View Cam will be available for $ 199 at some point later this year.
Michael Crider, PC Hardware Writer: What3Words
What is it? What is the meaning of the word? What is it? down street names, numbers, zip codes, or even GPS coordinates.
The idea is simple: the entire planet is chopped up into a grid of ten-foot squares, each and every one of which is given a permanent designation of three simple words. The Las Vegas welcome sign, for example, is "suffer.finds.awards." The locations work across any language, and an algorithm makes sure that there are no two reasonably wide areas.
The ideal examples given were outdoor venues with few spaces and few distinguishing features: you might say "meet me by the white tent" at a music festival and be less than helpful. But switch to "meet me at grass.billow.angry" and you have an easily-shareable location. The service's weak spot is large indoor areas-like, say, the convention halls of CES-where it must be.
Still, I think What3Words has the potential to be on everyone's phone in the next two or three years, becoming the biggest leap forward in personal navigation since Google Maps. The company's promising start, open API approach, and growing list of integration partners would certainly seem to suggest it.